Greatness in social entrepreneurship begins with finding your self..

Greatness in social entrepreneurship begins with finding your self..

After watching Jim Collin’s Keynote speech dedicated to the father of modern management Peter Drucker at ‘The Drucker Centennial’ it’s hard not to write about it-but where to begin?  There’s soo many nuggets of wisdom for business, entrepreneurship and life.  He methodically exposes value from his research and analysis and artfully engages us.  He creates ‘actionable insight’ for all who want to become effective leaders.

I guess we could begin with Jim’s Top Ten list for Emerging Leaders:

1. Build a Personal Board of Directors –those are selected not for their accomplishments, but for their character

2. Turn Off Your Electronic Gadget – effective people take time to THINK. Begin the discipline to put white space in your calender…Engage in the glorious pocket of quietude

3. Work on Your Three Circles. To learn more about the concept, click here.

4. What is your questions-to-statements ratio and can you double it.

5. If you woke tomorrow morning and discovered you inherited $20 million, and had discovered you also had terminal disease with 10 years to live, what would be on your stop-doing list?

6. Start your stop-doing list.  How many have a to-do list?  How many have a stop-doing list?  Think about not what you’ve done, but what you’ve stopped doing. The real task is always clear what not to do.

7. Unplug the opportunities that distract you.  Just because it is a once- in- a- lifetime opportunity doesn’t mean it is right for you. There will be always once- in- a- lifetime opportunity.

8. Find something with which you have so much passion, that you are willing to endure the pain (Ed. Note: sounds like deliberate practice and effort).

9. This is a great time of life to articulate the values you will not compromise.

10. Prepare for a life that you are 1/3 through your work at age 65.

This list is great in and of itself, but it could be better..  How?

We’re the consumer of this information, so apply the above to your own life and personal development..  I’m going to try now..

Here’s my progress so far..

1. Who’s your ‘personal Board of Directors’?  

If you look at my blog you’ll find a few, but my personal Board is still developing, here’s the list so far and why..

Jay Moriarity (June 16, 1978–June 15, 2001) was a surfer from Santa Cruz, California.[1] He was an accomplished surfer, waterman, and adventurer. As a surfer, he made his reputation surfing Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California. At age 16, he was made internationally famous when his wipeout at Mavericks was caught on film and made the cover of Surfer magazine. Although a successful competitor, Jay is remembered as a soul surfer, winning many sportsmanship awards throughout his career.

Tony Hsieh (Chinese: 謝家華, English pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪ/ “shay”, born December 12, 1973 [1]) is an American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded and sold the internet advertising network LinkExchange to Microsoft in 1999 for $265 million.[3] In June 2010, Hsieh released Delivering Happiness, a book about his entrepreneurial endeavors. It was profiled in many world publications, including The Washington Post, CNBC, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.[6][24][25][26][27] It debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List and stayed on the list for 27 consecutive weeks.[28][29]
Hsieh lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958)[3] is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks,[4] Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV.[5] He is also a “shark” investor on the television series Shark Tank. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his life experiences in business and sports. Rather than attending high school for his senior year, he enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh. After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.[14] He chose Indiana’s Kelley School of Business without even visiting the campus because “it had the least expensive tuition of all the business schools on the top 10 list.” During college, he had various business ventures, including a pub, disco lessons, and a chain letter.[15]

William Edwards Deming – (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. He is perhaps best known for the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle popularly named after him. In Japan, from 1950 onwards, he taught top management how to improve design (and thus service), product quality, testing, and sales (the last through global markets)[1] through various methods, including the application of statistical methods.

Abraham Lincoln – (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, Lincoln started as New Salem’s postmaster and later as county surveyor, all the while reading voraciously. He then decided to become a lawyer and began teaching himself law by reading Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England and other law books. Of his learning method, Lincoln stated: “I studied with nobody”.[47] His second campaign in 1834 was successful. He won election to the state legislature; though he ran as a Whig, many Democrats favored him over a more powerful Whig opponent.[48] Admitted to the bar in 1836,[49] he moved to Springfield, Illinois, and began to practice law.

Peter Drucker – (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, and he invented the concept known as management by objectives.[1]


2. Have you taken time for your own personal development?

Effective people take time to think,(i.e. Rick Warren reads a book a day..)  Personally, I enjoy ‘listening’ to audio books, more than reading.  I’m trying to create ‘habits’ or ‘routines’ of  happiness, which allow me to take time to ‘browse the web’ or ‘do research’ for my own personal development.  Once I lock onto something like the Jim Collin’s speech, I want to dig in deeper to know more how I can apply it to my own personal life and startup success.

I really need to spend more time running, it allows me to think and listen to audio books and I know for a fact you’re unbelievably focused on the subject at hand when exercising-something to do with your heart-rate or blood pumping..

3. Study yourself like a bug, what does ‘this bug’ like?  

I’m using this blog as an outlet and canvas ‘to find what makes me happy.’   This blog allows me to fill in ‘the gaps’ or answer the questions I have that I’d typically leave unanswered.

I also believe it will help me find others who also want to find their ‘pursuit of happiness’-that’s a mouthful.  So, I’m not only developing myself, but since it’s public, it forces me to take considerate ‘action’ to give others the tools I find along the way for them to take action and so on..

I hope it provides me and others ‘actionable insight’ and local knowledge that can be applied in the future.  Studying myself and articulating it here, makes me accountable to my own development, I don’t think I have the dedication to deliver this consistently without you.

I’ve tried a personal journal and it doesn’t work for me.

4. What is your question-to-statements ratio and can you double it?

“You channel your time and energy around being interesting, why don’t you try to be interested?” -Peter Drucker to Jim Collins

So, this is easy to understand and much harder to execute.  I’ve come to the conclusion it’s hard to forget about yourself (or what your providing) and focus on your customers(anyone else’s) actual problem (or needs).  For example, being an entrepreneur, you need to focus on solving your customer’s problem and through customer development you can create a pain killer or create gains to improve the customers lives.  I’ve spent many hours interviewing customers, and finding a way to fix their problems means discovering their actual needs first.

This is much harder than just telling or selling them what “I think they need.”

This is a skill in which I’m still developing to listen through asking questions, not preaching on some new technology or product.

5. What’s on your ‘stop-doing list?

Stop telling about me (or the product or service), start listening to our customer’s, friend’s, mother’s, brother’s needs.

Stop wasting time thinking and planning and do more doing and re-doing.

6. Have you started your ‘stop-doing’ list?

Yes, I’ve started (see above).. it’s a work in progress.

7. Have you unplugged the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities?

I’m not sure I understand this one, unplug the opportunities that distract you (or maybe what others are telling you are ‘once in a lifetime?”).  Just because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity doesn’t mean it is right for you.  I’m not sure how you can tell if something’s ‘right for you’ until you’ve put your toe in the water and experience it for yourself.  I think this means start to figure (your passion) earlier, more often and quickly so you can focus on your future goals.

If your goal is to help others find what makes them happy.  We could be providing a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity (like a ‘bucket list’ for those who haven’t found their purpose in life like Jay or Tony Hsieh above.)

8. Have you found something with so much passion you’re willing to endure the pain?

Yes, proAM Labs goal to provide an opportunity for others to find happiness through entrepreneurial activities fuels me to connect so others may ‘find your self locally’, everyone should save time in their pursuit of happiness.

9. Have you articulated the values you will not compromise? vision

My values are developing, but to articulate them in a vision statement is hard to do.  I think my personal vision statement for proAM Labs would be something to the effect: To FIND your happiness by engaging social entreprenuership

by continuously and iteratively Engaging (locally), Enlightening (transparency), Encouraging (support community) and Empowering (all who engage) fuels an organization to share success.  If we do these things to improve our individual happiness, we’ll also develop young leaders and local processes that improve our collective happiness and the outcomes everyone.

10.  Have you prepared yourself for a life starting after 65?  

Not yet, but now that I’m 38, I can see I’m making progress and beginning to deliver ‘actionable insight’, making up for lost time through bad habits, these mistakes have given me additional insight as I develop a path.

Do any of the above questions engage you?

BTW, I just got email that my boss is going to jail.

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